Presenter Information

Andrea MeggisonFollow

Department

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Background/Objective: This proposed study aims to add to the research regarding the use of working memory as a predictor of performance. This body of research has potential implications in personnel selection if working memory is shown to be an unbiased predictor of job performance. While cognitive ability is widely known as the single best predictor of job performance, the literature has shown there are large discrepancies along racial lines. As working memory and cognitive ability are highly correlated, additional research is needed to understand if working memory can be used as an unbiased replacement for cognitive ability. Race and task demands are examined as potential moderators. Proposed Methods: Undergraduate students in the capstone NASA FOCUS lab simulation course of the Aerospace program at Middle Tennessee State University will be given two general intelligence tests and two types of working memory tests. These results will be compared to measures of individual performance to determine if working memory is a predictor of performance.

Date

October 2017

Subject

Industrial and organizational psychology

Document Type

posters

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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Examining Working Memory as a Predictor of Performance

Background/Objective: This proposed study aims to add to the research regarding the use of working memory as a predictor of performance. This body of research has potential implications in personnel selection if working memory is shown to be an unbiased predictor of job performance. While cognitive ability is widely known as the single best predictor of job performance, the literature has shown there are large discrepancies along racial lines. As working memory and cognitive ability are highly correlated, additional research is needed to understand if working memory can be used as an unbiased replacement for cognitive ability. Race and task demands are examined as potential moderators. Proposed Methods: Undergraduate students in the capstone NASA FOCUS lab simulation course of the Aerospace program at Middle Tennessee State University will be given two general intelligence tests and two types of working memory tests. These results will be compared to measures of individual performance to determine if working memory is a predictor of performance.